Clampdown on unruly rugby fans

2013-04-04 09:12

Western Cape sports MEC Ivan Meyer has proposed strict new measures to deal with unruly sporting fans.

The Cape Argus reported Meyer proposed more security at rugby venues and a year-long ban for unruly fans.

He also wanted CCTV cameras to monitor the crowd, identify bad behaviour and stop potential confrontations before they escalated.

This comes after heavy criticism of some fans’ behaviour at the Super Rugby Match between the New Zealand Crusaders and the Stormers at Newlands in Cape Town in Saturday.

SA Rugby Union president Oregan Hoskins said the disdain for the Stormers among New Zealand supporters had a reached a level of “extreme abuse and disrespect”.

“I am unable to explain why a number of rugby followers in the Cape not only support New Zealand teams but also chose to boo players such as Gio Aplon, Juan de Jongh and Siya Kolisi and their team mates as they alighted from the bus, as I witnessed on Saturday,” he said.

According to the report, Meyer said the offenders could not be punished in isolation and one had to look at the overall culture that informed such behaviour.

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